Prince Alfred Park Pool
The City of Sydney’s transformation of Prince Alfred Park, including a year round open-air heated swimming pool has earned the NSW medal at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects state awards. The redesign by landscape architect Sue Barnsley Design, Neeson Murcutt Architects and the City represents the most extensive upgrade to the park in over 50 years, including new tennis and basketball courts, play areas and landscaping.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the 7.5-hectare park in Surry Hills had already proved a winner with thousands of residents, visitors and city workers.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architect Awards jury described Prince Alfred Park as an “exemplary landscape” in a changing urban environment.
“The redesign of Prince Alfred Park and Pool is a poetic reinterpretation of Sydney’s large 19th century city parks, and as such, is an outstanding contribution to Sydney’s heritage of urban parklands,” the jury said.
“The jury found the redesign of Prince Alfred Park to be not only environmentally responsible but also a lyrical response to a forgotten site.”
Landscape architect Sue Barnsley said it was a privilege to redesign one of the city’s most important outdoor spaces.
The City-funded Prince Alfred Park and Pool, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects with Sue Barnsley Design, also won 2 awards in October: a highly commended award at the World Architecture Festival in the Landscape – Urban Category, and the Architecture Mixed Use Constructed category at the 2012 Sydney Design Awards.
Dive into your new pool
Sydney’s newest 50 metre heated outdoor pool is now open.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore joined architect Rachel Neeson and students from nearby Redfern Jarjum College to celebrate the opening of this fantastic new facility on 13 May 2013.
Open all-year round it will provide fantastic views of the city skyline.
The pool is the City of Sydney’s first fully accessible, heated outdoor pool, with a ramp into the water ensuring everyone can use it.
This wonderful facility has bleachers and umbrellas, sky-lit change rooms, shaded areas and a landscaped sunbathing space. There is a splash deck play area for toddlers and new café.
The surrounding area has been improved with new paths, furniture and lights.
The pool complex utilises the latest filtration systems, and incorporates the best in sustainable practices, including water-saving fixtures, stormwater harvesting and a green roof of native grasses to regulate temperature.
The building also features animated chimneys that are functional public art pieces.
Neeson Murcutt Architects designed the beautiful facilities to integrate with the park.
The $20.5m refurbishment of the Prince Alfred Park pool marks the completion of the City's extensive upgrade to Prince Alfred Park – its largest upgrade in 50 years.
The new refurbished pool includes:
- shaded toddler splashdeck with water toys
- improved accessibility
- new change rooms, café and kiosk
- new fencing, seating and sunbathing areas
- state of the art filtration
- energy efficient lighting and heating
- stormwater harvesting
- water saving fixtures
- native meadow planting.
We hope you enjoy these important community facilities now and into the future.
Spring in the Park
Prince Alfred Park Pool marked the arrival of the new season with Spring in the Park, a free, family-friendly party.
The swimming pool hosted learn to swim classes, aqua aerobics as well as synchronised swimming, and visitors flocked to the park for the pop-up Try2Wheels hub offering free bike tune ups and expert advice.
Spring in the Park also included many other activities, live music, roving entertainers and free refreshments.
Images from the event are available in the gallery below.
The City of Sydney Aquatic Club (COSAC) is a great way for kids of all ages to enjoy competitive swimming. Swimmers from the City's 5 swim schools meet to race and develop the skills needed to take the next steps into competitive swimming.
Race night is each Friday from 6pm to 8pm from 4 October 2013 until 25 April 2014. The pool is closed to the public during these times. Find out more about COSAC and how to enrol.
For the next 2 years the City is trialling year round opening hours.
Monday to Sunday: 6am to 8pm
Public holidays: 7am to 7pm
Monday to Sunday: 6am to 7pm
Public holidays: 7am to 7pm
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Please note: The pool is also closed to the public on Friday nights from 6pm until 8pm from 4 October 2013 until 25 April 2014 when the City of Sydney Aquatic Club meets for weekly race events.
Please note: Opening hours may change on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Please check this page closer to the date.
Last updated: Wednesday, 11 December 2013